For far too long it has been presumed that men were the more adventurous and aggressive gender with the higher sex drive, and were more likely to have affairs, pursue unattainable sexual partners and indulge in casual sex. Especially in the case of casual sex, researchers had plenty of evidence to support these views, such as a 1989 study that suggested men are more likely to respond positively to a sexual invitation from a stranger than woman are.

Turns out, this is far from true. Thanks to the efforts of social scientists from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germany, we now know for sure that women are just as interested in casual sex as men are. Studying the responses of 60 heterosexual men and women in a lab, while they believed they were being tested for an online dating site, the researchers found that the interest in casual sex was just as high in the female participants as it was in the male ones.

What did they do differently from the 1989 study? Well, they included crucial factors such as women’s concern for their safety, the absence of social stigma and, of course, no potential danger. Once these were taken care of, the women were ready to have sex with almost total strangers, simply based on how attractive their pictures were. So if you are a liberated and sexually active woman, take solace in knowing that you are not alone. Go ahead, and enjoy casual sex without any guilt.

Also, follow these six tips to help you stay healthy, sexy and free:

  1. You do need to take some precautions when you indulge in one night stands, and it also pays to take care of your health, eat nutritious foods that help to boost stamina and keep fit by indulging in a regular exercise routine.
  2. Avoid toxic potential partners who use sex as a weapon and wield their carnal prowess to intimidate you.
  3. Use your cell phone wisely, and avoid oversharing on social media so that you don’t become an easy target for unsavory elements, or risk being ‘outed’ at your workplace. Slut shaming is a very real thing, and you don’t want any part of that.
  4. If you’re going through a dry spell and can’t seem to hook up with a desirable partner, take charge, and instead of settling for less-than-ideal mates, just turn to intimate toys. Safe, discreet and no-nonsense, they’re also a whole lot of fun.
  5. Celebrate your body, and as long as you’re healthy and happy, don’t let anyone dictate how sexy you can or cannot be.
  6. Age is just a number, and with research proving that women crave more sex as they grow older, don’t resist the idea of dating younger men who can keep up with your sex drive.

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.